7/13/2021

Once again I’ve missed a day. Once again, you get two poems!

To breathe free

To look on the horizon
And know it is within reach
To gaze at the mountain
And know it can be climbed
To look to the stars
And know they are unchanging
To see the ocean
And feel its colossal breath

This is to breathe free

To be free

Be still, my aching heart

I am unwhole without you

My heart beats, but for what?

My soul yearns to be ‘bout you

My essence in half, cut

As if my lifeblood quickens

When near your stolid gaze

And far from you it thickens

Confused and in a daze

So thus I must be near you

Toward you I will dart

Once more my soul will hear you

Be still, my aching heart!

7/5/2021 – rise from the doldrums

Yes, I know it’s not the 5th. I once again missed a poem, which means I owe you two.

So oft the world bears down upon
A tired, anxious mind;
And though we try to soldier on,
Our fates are intertwined
With all the world purports to be,
And all its stops and turns;
In life we are not from it free
Nor immune to its burns;
And so with anxious mind and heart
We listen to the peace –
What peace we can but find – and start
To force the pain to cease;
And from the wind and trees and skies,
A fresh breath at last comes;
And spirits can finally rise
From earth’s painful doldrums.